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10.23.2011

Review: The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance, Demons
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, HQN)
Ebook $6.99
Large Print $30.99
Audiobook $24.95

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty….
Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun's kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

Author Site: genashowalter.com

Nothing's happening! Are we there yet? (2 stars)

I wanted to try and summarize the plot for THE DARKEST SECRET like I usually do with reviews and my mind went utterly blank. Why? Because there's pretty much nothing happening in this book. Amun, Keeper of Secrets, visited hell and is now tormented by new demons. Strider brings Haidee (of the ever changing name of annoyance) to the Lords' compound as a prisoner. Apparently she was Strider's ex at some point? Now he kinda wants her again? Yeah, the whole thing baffled me. But instead of them shacking up she and Amun have some kind of telepathic connection so she finds a way (convenient) to get to him, where he's being kept prisoner to protect himself and the other Lords. She thinks he's her current boyfriend and fellow Hunter. Drama ensues.

The pair get sent off to Hell on a quest to rid Amun of his new demons. Haidee starts having flashbacky memories of her past lives. She has weird abilities but is human. The trip through Hell is hellish and they live happily ever after. Yeah... about a hundred pages in I was so bored I started to skim a lot.

The first problem I had with this one is that Amun and Haidee were the two flattest, most uninteresting characters of Showalter's that I've come across. Going into the book I had no interest in them so the actual storyline needed to be strong, fresh and fast-paced. It was like slogging through a swamp of redundant musings of the same stuff over and over and over. It was like watching a dead horse getting beaten every time either of their thoughts were being shown. They want to get it on. They are supposed to be enemies. Blah, blah, blah. If you like these characters maybe it will work for you, it bored me to tears with the exception of their meeting the Four Horsemen.

As a fan of the series, and a reader who thinks Gena is a cool gal even if I don't always like her books, I can say there was a redeeming factor here. We're getting closer to Paris and Sienna's book. We see a little more of his torment and go on a road trip with he, William, and Strider. Strider's kind of unlikable in this round though he's never been my favorite anyway but the introduction of a pairing in Kaia is welcome. This series is quite hit-and-miss but in a way that's the joy of it. I never know if I am going to love or hate each new book.

If you're a LOTU series fan this one is honestly pretty skippable. If I'd known better I would have. I'd suggest it for Amun fans and encourage others to save themselves the lengthy read and skim it. This just isn't the best in the series.


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Smexy Books
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Notes: Review Copy from Amazon Vine.

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